THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE
Is this the end or another beginning?
British Science Fiction. 1961
Screenplay by Wolf Mankowitz and Val Guest
Fully restored and remastered version by NETWORK, the original tinting is included in this version.
Starring: Janet Munro - Leo McKern - Edward Judd
Look out for an early brief appearance by Michael Caine as a policeman.
Nuclear tests conducted by the Americans and Russians, inadvertantly knock the world off its axis. Weather patterns around the globe are disrupted but temperatures rise universally. Did the tests do more than was first thought?
This excellent and underated Brit SF classic revolves around three characters, whilst also being a compelling portrait of Fleet Street.
Three characters - Peter Stenning, a hard-drinking reporter. Bill Maguire, science correspondent. Jeannie Craig, Stenning's girlfriend.
Craig is beautiful and the performances are strong, it's a wordy script, but it has a terrific atmosphere, the sfx holds up and seeing the mist roll up the Thames is a stand-out scene.
The main impact for me is partly how topical this film still is and the ominous atmospherics, it really does convey tension that becomes a tension-city rollercoaster at times.
The lead up to the final minutes is incredibly well handled, the professional attitude of Stenning and the others, using old fashioned British grit to get the job done, and roll out that final copy before the world . . . ends.